Flu Shot Time!
Get the Shot, Not the Flu
Fifteen minutes could save you days of feeling terrible, and time off of work.
You are busy working, taking care of kids and running your household. You don’t have time to be sick and you certainly don’t want your kids to catch all that is going around. Or ,maybe you are overworked and overstressed without a lot of time for yourself. Take 5 minutes to get a flu shot where you live and shop, during hours that work with your schedule. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting you and your love ones a flu vaccine each year.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
How serious is the flu?
Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:
- what flu viruses are spreading,
- how much flu vaccine is available
- when vaccine is available
- how many people get vaccinated, and
- how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.
Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and persons who live in facilities like nursing homes.
Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.
When should I get vaccinated?
Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September, or as soon as vaccine is available.
Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
Note: Flu Shots are not available at all ANY LAB TEST NOW locations. Contact your local store for additional information.
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